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12 Boys & Football Coach Found Inside Flooded Cave Nine Days After Disappearance

Thai Boys Football Coach Flooded Cave
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Jul. 3 2018, Updated 1:23 p.m. ET

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Twelve Thai boys and their football coach have just been found inside Thamg Luan cave in Chiang Rai, after being trapped there without food for nine days. They were spotted by volunteer cave divers after worried family members notified authorities about their disappearance. has learned the boys, ages 11 to 16, and their coach were exploring the steep cave on June 23, when it suddenly flooded, trapping them inside.

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According to reports, none of the children know how to swim or dive, and will apparently have to learn if they plan on getting out of the cave within in the next few months.

Rescue teams have sent the kids food and clean water, and are pumping gallons of water out of the cave each day, in hopes of lowering the tide. Since rain is expected to fall in the next few weeks, however, they are suggesting the group wait inside the cave, rather than risk their lives trying to escape through the deep waters.

As of now, rescuers are coming up with a plan to teach the youngsters how to dive with professional diving gear. Meanwhile, their loves ones are praying for their safe return.

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